The Kiwanis Club of Temple Terrace will celebrate its 50th anniversary Tuesday with a dinner, the installation of new officers and a slide show depicting the club's five decades of service to the community.
The organization focuses primarily on helping children and youth.
The chapter, which was founded on Aug. 9, 1960, sponsors Terrific Kids to recognize good citizenship at Temple Terrace, Lewis, Riverhills, Pizzo, MOSI Partnership, Patel and Kimball elementary schools; Builders Club service organizations at Terrace Community Middle; and Key Club programs at King, Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate and Tampa Bay Tech high schools.
It also supports K-Kids clubs at Temple Terrace and Riverhills elementaries; the Circle K Club at Florida College; and Kiwanis Kares, a monthly initiative where club members help the elderly and disabled neighbors by doing odds jobs such as mowing grass, cleaning up trash and painting.
"It's difficult to do all the things we do without more members," said Dale Adams, who serves on the board. "We don't ring our bell very often but we need to revitalize that old community spirit of service above self."
Secretary Dan Petty, who's been a member for about 15 years, calls it a "great service organization" that affords Kiwanians the chance to get involved in hands-on activities, especially with young people.
"We're really at a crossroads right now and we're hoping this celebration will give us the opportunity to bring back some members," he said.
"It's a nice organization to be a part of and an avenue for some very well meaning civic-minded people to get out and help," said Joe Gross, another board member. "This community has been very good to me and my family, so it's nice to give back and have fellowship with good people and good friends."
President Joey Affronti hopes the celebration will have a good turnout and that the club will be able to recruit some new members.
"It's either going to be the kickoff for the next 50 years or the end of 50 years and maybe the eventual demise of the organization," he said.
Adams, Charles Gandy and Norm Chase also will be recognized during the celebration with Legion of Honor awards for their 25 years service to the club.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Kiwanis Club of Temple Terrace's 50th anniversary dinner
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave.
COST: $20 per person. RSVP to Dan Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 899-6804. Payments will be accepted at the door or in advance by mailing checks payable to Kiwanis Club of Temple Terrace to P.O. Box 291151, Temple Terrace FL 33687